Winnipeg fire paramedic resources ‘severely taxed’ according to chief

It’s been a very busy year for Winnipeg’s Fire and Paramedic Service.

The services says firefighters have responded to 702 structural fires so far in 2019, compared to 690 in total for 2018. As well, Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane told Global News Sunday that paramedics have conducted well over 50,000 medical transports this year.

“In terms of our EMS capability, we are really at our capacity,” said Lane. “We have not had new ambulance resources in our city since 2011, and call volume has increased 20 per cent in the ensuing time period. We are really finding that our ambulance paramedics are working at or actually beyond their capacity.”

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